Learning about that rainy day
THE grade 3 girls at St Stithians College were asked why it is important to save and how they do it. The eight-year-olds said:
Jenna: I get R8 pocket money every Friday. I have always wanted a battery-operated car but my mom and dad say it is too expensive so I am saving up. When I sleep at my nana's house on Saturday, we go to church on Sunday and I put R2 in the box. Sometimes I buy something I really want out of my savings. I fine my Mom and Dad for swear words and I work for them too. I'm very rich.
Jessica: I get R30 every month. I get some money for my birthday. I put some in the bank. I save money for toys and sweets and games. I have a card for the bank too.
Kirsten: When I get my pocket money I get R20, half from my dad and mom. I save my money. Sometimes I will spend it or keep it in my bank.
Fezile: I get pocket money about every two weeks and I get about R10. I sometimes give money to the church. I give about R2 or 50c or I save it and buy sweets with it. Or I ask my mom or dad if I can put it in my bank account because I have a card.
Megan: When I'm good I get a star or two. When I'm bad I get a ring round a star. Each star counts as 50c and each ring is -R1. At the end of each month my mom counts up the money. Right now I've got R93 but I hope to be getting more soon. I get birthday money. I keep my money in a purse but when I get a bit more I'll probably keep it in the bank.
Anthea: I get R5 every Saturday. I save my money for gifts for my friends and for charity, and every second Sunday when I go to church I put R2 into the box. Sometimes for my birthday I get money. I'm allowed sweets every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday. I put R10 in the bank. Sometimes I give my brothers money. But they have to pay me back.
Pauli: Saving is very important. Save money and you might just get rich. I save R2 every week and I give money to the poor people too. I spend R5. It's fun to save.
Carolyn: I think it's important to save so that you can go to university. Maybe you will have money left to go shopping.